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House GOP may seek short-term debt limit extension

Posted 1/18/2013 in National

House Republicans may seek a quick, short-term extension of the government's debt limit, a move that would avoid an immediate default by the Treasury as the party seeks to maximize leverage in negotiations over spending cuts with President Barack Obama this spring, officials said Thursday.



Report: Miss. school discipline too hard on kids

Posted 1/18/2013 in State

Civil rights advocates say harsh disciplinary practices at many Mississippi schools lead to children being expelled and even incarcerated for minor infractions, policies that disproportionally affect minorities.



Miss. Senate approves expanded charter school bill

Posted 1/17/2013 in State

A bill to expand charter schools in Mississippi easily cleared the Senate on Wednesday, and attention shifts to the House for the second year. In a 31-17 vote, the bill had two Democratic supporters but no Republican opponents. The vote came after more than three hours of debate and a day after Senate Bill 2189 was introduced and passed by the Senate Education Committee.


Snowstorm descends on Golden Triangle

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the first time since January 2011, Lowndes County residents awoke to find significant snow accumulations, triggering school and business closings and causing multiple vehicle accidents throughout the Golden Triangle. Government offices remained open for the most part, although municipal court was canceled.


MUW offers nursing doctorate

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mississippi University for Women's nursing program has long been an asset in the college recruitment game, and now, they have another tool in their arsenal -- a doctorate.


Severstal partners with MSU for research lab

Posted 1/17/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Steel manufacturer Severstal North America has partnered with Mississippi State to install a laboratory on campus for steel alloy research.


Marriages and divorces 1-17-13

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business



Gibbs to run for father's House seat

Posted 1/17/2013 in Area

One day after Clay County Prosecutor Angela Turner Lairy was elected to fill the 16th District Senate seat left open by the death of her father, the late Sen. Bennie Turner, another Clay County resident is hoping he, too, can continue a family legacy.



CMSD selects two Project 2020 e-centers

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Snowy weather closed the city schools this morning, but a special meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees continued as planned.


Prude's status on school board up in the air

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For more than a decade, Tommy Prude has been a fixture of the Columbus Municipal School District's board of trustees. As current board president, he is both the man who presents achievement certificates to shyly grinning school children and the one who holds the power to open discussion -- or silence it.


Morning wreck causes death

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man died early this morning as a result of a single-car accident in Lowndes County.


Business brief: Matthews Named Loan Officer

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business

Matt Matthews has been named the commercial loan officer by Cadence Bank for its Starkville Banking Center, where he is responsible for overseeing and managing commercial banking relationships in the Starkville market.

Business brief: Kidder Paraoptometric of the Year

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business

Kimberly Kidder of Curtis Optometry in Columbus has been named Paraoptometric of the Year by the Mississippi Optometric Association.


Building permits 1-17-13

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business


Germany to bring home gold stored in US

Posted 1/17/2013 in National

In what sounds like the setup for a stylish Hollywood heist movie, Germany is transferring nearly 700 tons of gold bars worth $36 billion from Paris and New York to its vaults in Frankfurt.


Change in air for NWS' blizzard of winter weather terms

Posted 1/17/2013 in National

Ever hit a mental whiteout pondering the difference between a winter storm watch and winter weather advisory?



Conrad Bain of 'Diff'rent Strokes' dead at 89

Posted 1/17/2013 in National

Conrad Bain, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died.


BREAKING: Area schools closed due to winter conditions

Posted 1/17/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Area schools began issuing altered and canceled schedules around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning in response to snow throughout the area. This story will be updated with schedules as we receive them.


Council votes for vertical landfill

Posted 1/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than six weeks of discussion and committee meetings, the Columbus City Council is ready to make a move regarding the future of its landfill.


Lairy wins bid for father's Senate seat

Posted 1/16/2013 in Area

Voters in the 16th Senate District decided to keep it in the family Tuesday. Clay County Prosecutor Angela Turner Lairy defeated Kenny Fowler in a landslide sweep to fill the seat vacated by father, Sen. Bennie Turner, who died in November.


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